African Disneyland set for Victoria Falls in 2020
VICTORIA Falls is the only centre in Zimbabwe that is booming, and it is going to get even busier as Africa’s first Disneyland will soon be built on the outskirts of the town.
The number of tourists heading to the town to see the astonishing falls has increased because the expanded international airport can now receive larger aircraft and these can also land at night.
Victoria Falls is now poised to get “Disneyland in Africa”, which will include not only a dramatic fun fair with spectacular rides, but also a tourism and conference theme park, according to Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe’s tourism minister.
“We have signed an overarching agreement with some Chinese developers for a master plan to develop 300 hectares of land between the (Victoria Falls) airport and Masue River.
“We need to drive the convention business and direct traffic to ourselves,” Mzembi said at a press conference this week.
“Already we are looking at 2020 where we are dreaming of a $5 billion (R65bn) tourism sector in Victoria Falls alone.”
The concept of the Victoria Falls Disneyland is based on similar installations in California and Paris.
International airlines, SAA, Ethiopian and Kenyan Airways all fly regularly to Victoria Falls with connections to Europe and Cape Town.
Victoria Falls slumped after political unrest post 2000 but revived when an inclusive government came to power in 2009. – Independent Foreign Service